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Wreck may be sunken British pirate ship

The wreck of a 19th-century pirate ship believed to contain a hoard of sunken treasure may finally have been found off Tonga, according to officials in the South Pacific island nation.

Sonia Pierre: Human rights activist

Sonia Pierre, a human rights activist who had fought discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian descent since she was a child, died on 4 December following a heart attack at the age of 48. For decades her activism had made her the target of threats in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, but it earned her recognition from overseas as a defender of human rights, including an award from Amnesty International in 2003.

Ousted Aristide's planned return lends extra drama to Haiti polls

The former president of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide, was due to fly home from a seven-year exile in South Africa last night, against the wishes of the US and only days before the election of a new leader of the country. The drama that usually attends the comings and goings of the priest-turned-president was provided by the presence of a Hollywood star wanting to escort him back to Haiti and a phone call from US President Barack Obama who wanted to postpone Mr Aristide's departure.

Protesters call for Préval's removal

Protesters demanding that Haiti's outgoing President René Préval leave office immediately set up burning barricades yesterday and threw stones at police and UN peacekeepers.

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Aristide is 'ready' to end exile and return to Haiti

Sending a fresh ripple through the choppy waters of Haitian politics, the country's deposed former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has declared that he is ready to end six years of exile and return home "today, tomorrow, at any time".

'Baby Doc' charged with corruption on return to Haiti

Two days after returning to an astonished Haiti after almost 25 years of exile in France, former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was charged with corruption, theft, misappropriation of funds and various other crimes last night, in relation to allegations of mass brutality and unfettered corruption during his 15 years of rule.